This evening at 7:30 p.m. in Lippitt Hall Auditorium, join the Office of International Education and the Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies for What Remains of US: A Documentary Film on Tibet.
The documentary, filmed over a period of eight years, explores the non violent freedom struggle in Tibet. According to Thupten Tendhar, graduate assistant at the Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies and a PhD student in education, there have been numerous human rights violations since the communist government of China invaded Tibet in 1959.
“People were persecuted for just practicing their spirituality,” Tendhar said. “People are still being imprisoned for possessing a picture of the Dalai Lama… When they try to practice some spirituality or when they try to do some preservation for Tibetan language or culture then they are always under the surveillance of the government, so they always feel that they are under censorship and repression.”
The filmmaker is a Tibetan Canadian who traveled to Tibet and personally interviewed Tibetan people of all age groups about how they feel about their freedom, their human rights and their religious rights under the Chinese government.
“This film… clearly portrays how [the Tibetan people] feel and how they have faith in the Dalai Lama,” said Tendhar. “Because of those situations they always feel that… they’re not living their life fully, and so I think this film carries those messages very clearly.”
The evening will start off with an introduction about Tibetan history followed by the film. There will be a question and answer session after the film in which Tendhar will try to answer any questions about the film or about Tibet. Refreshments will conclude the event.
Tendhar believes that this film is important in raising awareness about the situation in Tibet.
“Most of the time we hear about economics and war and different situations in the world but we don’t really hear much about how the nonviolent struggle in Tibet has been taking place for the last 50 years… So I think it’s very important that… the students have an understanding about world situations from a different point of view,” he said.
“I would like to let our URI community… know about Tibet’s situation,” Tendhar said. “There have been over 130 instances of self-immolation that have taken place in Tibet since 2009 so it’s very unfortunate that lots of people are losing their life in that way. We have to think about why our people are sacrificing their lives in such a horrible tragic situation… I think it’s very important for us to give emphasis more on human rights and human values rather than for economic profits.”